The unique concert - Didier Lockwood
Jazz magazine

JMS 117-2

CD digipack

Release date : october 2020

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Didier Lockwood – Allan Holdsworth – Gordon Beck – Aldo Romano – Jean-François Jenny-Clark

It was a totally unseen and almost unbelievable cast!

Recorded at the Paris Jazz Festival, November 1, 1980, at the Théâtre de la Ville. A literally out of the ordinary quintet of legends gathered on this unique occasion.

On one hand, three European jazz key figures : firstly, Gordon Beck the elder, leader of the band, London gifted pianist and master of the British stage who had already performed with Phil Woods, Helen Merrill, Joe Henderson et Lee Konitz and fond of France ; then Jean-François Jenny-Clark, unmissable French double bass player who particularly won fame by performing with the greatest ones: or also Egberto Gismonti just to mention a few of them ; and finally Aldo Romano, the Italo-Parisian drummer – but also composer and singer – very active in French clubs and international festivals where he had played together with monsters such as Bud Powell, Jackie McLean, Keith Jarrett, Dexter Gordon or Johnny Griffin, and talent spotter as the one to have discovered Michel Petrucciani a few months earlier…

On the other hand, two rising stars issued from the jazz-rock and progressive rock scene : Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist idolized by insiders for his extra-terrestrial playing ; and Didier Lockwood, the youngest of the team when only 24 years old, violin genius dubbed by Stéphane Grappelli, was following in Jean-Luc Ponty’s footsteps. In short, the combination of two cultures with modern jazz pillars and electric fusion pioneers.

Titles

  1. FLIGHT 20’54
  2. ZEBULON DANCE 4’19
  3. FAST TRAVEL 11’13
  4. HALFWAY HOUSE 10’27
  5. SUNBIRD 14’38
  6. INTERVIEW D’ALDO ROMANO 6’27 (Par Frédéric Goaty)

musicians

Didier Lockwood : violin,

Gordon Beck : piano,

Allan Holdsworth : guitar,

Aldo Romano : drums,

Jean-François Jenny-Clark : double bass